Eric Casagrande wrote:
Here are a couple of Indore-Dhar related stories, found within India Post:
India Post No. 60 ... Volume 13 No. 2
INDORE STATE STAMPS USED IN DHAR
Not long ago, while looking at postmarks of some earlier Indore State stamps, I found both a vertical pair and a single of the 1/2 anna S.G.10 (both somewhat damaged, unfortunately), with circular cancellations of the neighbouring Dhar State branch office of Singana:
It is interesting that letters with Indore State stamps were accepted by a Dhar State village post office and forwarded to points in Indore State.
At the time of cancel (1913-14) Dhar used only Imperial postage, but this may have been a convenience allowed to Indore State villagers whose nearest B.O. was farther away than Singana in Dhar? Perhaps I.S.C. members now in
Indore could clarify this situation?
.... And the follow up .....
India Post No. 62 ... Volume 13 No. 4
INDORE STATE STAMPS USED IN DHAR
There were four Imperial post offices in Dhar State - KUSKI, DHAR, DHAR BAZAR and SINGANA, and all four were in account with the Imperial Head P.O. of Indore from 1912 to 1915.
Amongst the duties of every Imperial post office postmaster was one concerning dealing with letters sent under cover to him to be posted. This duty could be relegated to his deputy or assistant, but if there were any irregularities detected on the transmission of postal articles from and to his office or in his daily and monthly postage account statements, the responsibility was his.
Except under the "NAIVRE" or "PAQUET BOT" procedures of the U.P.U. regulations, no form of "postage" other than that authorised by the Supreme Government in India could be accepted on articles posted in any Imperial post office or letter box under both the Inland and Foreign Post systems.
There is no better way to indicate this than by my recording permanently this regulation found in the P.O. Guides:
"Postal exchanges with certain Native* States. Imperial postage stamps, postcards, and embossed envelopes overprinted with the name of the Native* State, can be used for correspondence posted within the limits of the State, and intended for delivery in any part of British India, but they will not be recognised in payment** of postage for correspondence posted in any Imperial post office or letter box."
(* After W.W.I [1914-18], in recognition of the valuable part played by India and its troops in the winning of that War, the Government had the derogatory term "Native" expunged from all Government publications, to be substituted by the term "Indian". Please therefore amend the above-quoted regulation as from 1918-19, and further amend this by the information which follows:
**With the introduction of Air Mail transmission of postal articles under the Inland and Foreign Post systems, insert the following words at the place indicated **"of air fee in any case or".)
You have thus before you and readily available to all members, present and to come, a Regulation brought up to date and on permanent record.
E. G. OEHME.
Eric, this is very interesting - I hadn't come across it before. But then, there is rather a lot of reading matter on that CD.
While Ernie Oehme's response was undoubtedly technically correct (Ernie was an absolute terror on such things), you have to wonder if down at the village level, things might have worked differently.
Of course, the loose stamps might
have come from a combination cover with British Indian stamps, with the Indore stamps accidentally being cancelled with the Singana CDS, or being cancelled there because they hadn't been properly cancelled in Indore.
I have a mountain of used Indore sitting in a stockbook, waiting for me to work up the enthusiasm to look at postmarks. Maybe the time is approaching ...